At a recent milk hearing conducted by the PMMB, Arden Tewksbury, Manager, Pro-Ag, urged the Board to increase the premium on bottled milk in Pennsylvania from $1 per cwt. (hundred pounds of milk) to $1.25 per cwt.

Citing the fact that neither the U.S. Congress or the USDA haven’t done anything to correct the pricing inequities facing all dairy farmers, coupled with a revelation that the Readington Farms milk company of Whitehouse, New Jersey increased their over-order premium up to $1.25 per cwt. clearly illustrates that the Board should consider increasing their premium from $1 to $1.25 a cwt.

The Pro-Ag Manager also testified that figures released by the Economic Research Service, a division of the USDA, that the national average cost of producing milk is still hovering at around $22 per cwt. which shows that the premium in Pennsylvania should be raised.

Tewksbury thanked the Board for their continued support for the Pennsylvania dairy farmers. In a side note, Tewksbury said, “It is always rewarding that the Pennsylvania Milk Dealers Association continues to support dairy farmers in Pennsylvania.”

As usual he was critical of the dairy cooperatives in Pennsylvania for not releasing how the premium money they collect is used by the co-ops.

Tewksbury told the Board that a high level person in a dairy co-op recently told him that the time is coming close when we will have to reveal how we use the premium money. Tewksbury hopes it’s soon!

Pro-Ag can be reached at 570-833-5776.

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